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Akee, Seso Vegetal

Sapindaceae Blighia sapida Koen.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

Tropical evergreen tree of medium size. The flowers are produced laterally in racemes. The trivalved fruits turn yellow and red as they ripen. The mature fruit splits open along 3 sutures exposing the 3 large, shiny, black seeds attached to a white or milky-white aril. The firm and oily aril is the edible portion and is consumed fresh or is cooked and used as a vegetable. Only naturally opened fruits can be eaten. (unripe fruits are poisonous.)

Last update March 3, 1999 by ch